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Chief Executive Geographical Association

Come lead the Geographical Association to build recognition of the essential value of a geographical education and inspire and support our community to deliver the highest quality teaching and learning!

  • Location: Sheffield
  • Salary: £67,448 - £80,937 plus benefits
  • Closing date: CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS

Who we are

The Geographical Association (GA) is the leading subject association for teachers of geography. As a registered charity, our mission is to ‘further geographical knowledge and understanding through education’. We are a lively community of over 10,000 personal and institutional memberships across all educational phases. As professionals with over a century of innovation behind us and an unrivalled understanding of geography teaching, we support high-quality geography education by enabling teachers of geography to share ideas and learn from one another.

Overseen by a board of trustees, the GA is a membership organisation that is responsive to its community. Our activities are often driven by members, many of whom freely volunteer their time and expertise in support of the GA. Our Education Group, made up of members who run committees and special interest groups, provides leadership in relation to many initiatives.

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About the role

We now seek a new Chief Executive to provide strategic leadership of the GA and its passionate, professional staff team of 18, based at the Association’s headquarters in Sheffield. This is a strategic role for a collaborative leader to shape and drive the development and implementation of the Association’s strategic vision. Our current Strategic Plan comes to an end in 2025, giving you the opportunity to work closely with trustees and members to build on past achievements and identify and develop new opportunities to enable the Association to thrive into the 2030s.

Who we are looking for

People are at the heart of our organisation and our community rely on us. As a collaborative leader, you will be skilled in working effectively and confidently across a range of stakeholders, including staff; teachers, practitioners and other members; strategic partners; policymakers and professional organisations; and suppliers and contractors in the education and commercial sectors. You will be keen to develop the GA as a membership association, committed to supporting geography and geographers through advocacy, training, and the development of a sustainable strategy for the Association’s future.

We are looking for someone with considerable experience in running or helping to run a subject association, membership organisation, or close transferable experience, who can horizon scan and seize opportunities. As the person responsible for GA operations, you will be highly accomplished and confident in financial management, budget-setting and delivery, creative revenue generation, and the structures and development of a successful, active and high-profile membership organisation.

This is a unique opportunity to shape and lead an existing organisation that delivers tangible impact and influences geography education at the highest level.

Location: Based at the headquarters in Sheffield for no fewer than three days a week, although regular work meetings in London will also be an expected pattern.

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If you would like to have an informal conversation about these opportunities, you can email our advising consultant at Peridot Partners to arrange a call.

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Clare Chesworth

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Welcome from the Chair of Trustees

Thank you for your interest in applying for the position of Chief Executive of The Geographical Association.

Many of us have vivid memories of studying geography at school – the thrill of outdoor learning and the relevance of studying the world in an integrated way, connecting what happens in natural environments to changes in human places and landscapes. Today in the UK, geography continues to inspire young minds by providing an understanding of key 21st-century challenges, from the climate crisis to global inequality and injustice. In developing skills like problem-solving, working in the field, data analysis and written communication, geography offers its students a holistic preparation for future work and a fulfilling life.

For 130 years the Geographical Association has been at the forefront of supporting teachers working across all educational phases to deliver the very best geographical education. With over 10,000 personal and institutional members, we are a lively community of professional practice that drives innovation and speaks with confidence about the value of geography in the UK and beyond.

We are looking for a Chief Executive who can communicate a passion for geography, and who can advocate for our discipline and community in the public arena, including with government, industry and other key stakeholders. We are looking for a leader who can build strong relationships with our generous and committed members and inspire and develop our dedicated team of staff based at the GA’s headquarters in Sheffield.

Our board of trustees has strong ambitions for the Association, including to further grow our membership, extend our reach, and become a more diverse and inclusive organisation. We are passionate about ensuring high-quality geography teaching for all, and we are working hard to make geography responsive to our changing world, building sustainable partnerships with other organisations within and beyond the education sector.

Our current strategic plan comes to an end in 2025 and we seek a visionary Chief Executive who can build on these past achievements and identify and develop new opportunities to enable the Association to thrive into the 2030s. This means we also require a leader with strong commercial skills to maintain the financial good health of the GA so that we can deliver value for our members.

If you think this is an opportunity for you, please contact the team at Peridot Partners for further discussion.

Alastair Owens
Chair of Trustees

About the Geographical Association

The Geographical Association (GA) is the leading subject association for teachers of geography. As a registered charity, our mission is to ‘further geographical knowledge and understanding through education’. The Association is a lively community of professional practice with over a century of innovation behind it and an unrivalled understanding of geography teaching.

With over 10,000 personal and institutional memberships across all educational phases, the GA supports high-quality geography education by enabling teachers of geography to share ideas and learn from one another. We support teachers’ professional needs by:

  • publishing geography education titles, professional journals, online teaching resources, authoritative guidance and a website for young geographers
  • running professional development conferences and events, local networks, curriculum projects and accreditation for schools and teachers
  • advocating for geography and leading public debate around geography education.

The GA is a membership organisation. Our activities are often driven by members, many of whom freely volunteer their time and expertise in support of the GA. The GA is overseen by its Board of Trustees and our educational activities are supported by volunteers from the GA Education Group, chaired by the Association’s President.

The GA’s professional staff, based at our Sheffield headquarters, run the day-to-day operation of the Association under the leadership of the Chief Executive. The Association also benefits from the guidance of our Honorary Vice Presidents.

The GA has a headquarters building in Sheffield, but affiliated Branches of the GA are widely distributed across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Charity No: 1135148
Company No: 07139068

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Accessibility information

We understand that different members of the community have different access needs and have made some modifications to the way we do business to accommodate people from diverse communities and abilities. We offer the following amenities:

  • Accessibility dogs are welcome.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats.
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for interviews.
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted.

Applicants with a disability are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

The GA will make reasonable adjustments to ensure that an employee is adequately supported to succeed at the GA. This includes prospective employees.

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    Timetable

    Closing date: By 9 a.m. Monday 5th February 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: By COB, Friday 9th February 2024
    First stage interviews: Friday 16th February 2024
    Second stage interviews: Friday 23rd February 2024


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